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Using up what you have AKA Meal Planning

October 13th, 2013 at 11:50 am

This week my plan is to use up what we have. I'll probably have to buy bread and milk at some point, but that should be about it. Actually maybe chopped tomatoes too since I use them so much. So, what do we have? Well today MIL gave us some of the food she gets from her work but never wants: lots of paninis, wraps, chicken goujons and rolls. We also have plenty of potatoes, frozen veg and lentils. And pasta too.

I made my first lentil stew yesterday. I found a recipe on the back of the packet and adapted it to what I had. We both enjoyed it so much that we had no leftovers. Hubby wanted dumplings with it, I used the last of my self-raising flour to attempt to make some. We had home made rice pudding afterwards which hubby made this time. He made more than I normally do so we had leftovers (well I did)

I'm making a shopping list here, aren't I?

An observation before I read your blogs: I noticed that the price of tinned chopped tomatoes increased within a couple of days. I bought them at the start of the week and they were 31p, at the end of the week they were 34p. I should have stocked up earlier.

3 Responses to “Using up what you have AKA Meal Planning”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Good idea to use up what you have...saves money and makes you get creative as well.

  2. snafu Says:

    When we lived in mainland China, we had the choice of Carrefour or TESCO modern supermarkets, local, farmer's type wet market or specialty markets for things like rice, fish or poultry. In Canada our loyalty cards give us major discounts for weekly featured products and items they want to clear out quickly. Some chains have free membership and offer an annual rebate between 3% - 5% depending on factors that are a mystery to me.

    I often have items in my pantry or fridge freezer that I want/need to use before expiry. It helps to turn to online sites like cooks.com, type in item in the search bar, scroll through their listings until I find something with ingredients at hand that I think we'll like. I wish we'd get assigned to somewhere in UK.

  3. mjbugbee Says:

    I'm a TV/film producer for upcoming TV commercials for a large national retailer in the greater Harrisburg area starting now. Please inform moms among your group if they're interested in participating in a fun and free grocery shopping spree challenge, and may possibly get featured in a TV commercial.

    The requirement is that they are real moms (ages 25-45, all races, shapes and sizes) on a really tight budget trying to stretch their food dollars. It's a campaign on comparison shopping.

    This is a great opportunity for some of the moms to earn compensation as well. I have an informational flyer available for posting to your network.

    I appreciate your help, and please let me know if you received this,

    Jill Bugbee
    Producer, Bugbee Productions, Inc.

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